Planar waveguiding photonic crystals utilise silicon compatible materials that are currently used in standard CMOS processes. Therefore it will be possible to implement optical manipulation, optical signal processing and electronic circuitry on a single substrate employing technologies already present in a silicon foundry. Mesophotonics will utilise these opto-electronic integration capabilities in the development of devices for low cost / high volume applications. The technology will be applicable both to data communications devices and to the implementation of future generations of high speed computers.
By creating microscopic holes in dielectric layers deposited on a silicon substrate, light can be guided and manipulated on a planar substrate within micron dimensions.